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Nutrition education and reimbursements

Nutrition education and reimbursements from USDA for child care providers

Children need to eat foods with the right nutrients in order to be healthy, function and grow as they are meant to, and learn good eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Providers listed with DHS may qualify to receive nutrition education, and reimbursements from USDA for meals fed to children in care. Providers must be at least 18 years old, providing care in their home, preparing meals for children and meet USDA’s criteria.

To get started, once you have completed the process of becoming listed as a DHS family child care provider, contact the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsor in your area.

Once you sign up for the program, a program representative will train you in how to serve USDA meals according to USDA guidelines, and keep track of the meals that you serve. They will also train you in how to keep track of the children that you serve, including their in and out times. You send your paperwork to your sponsor at the end of the month and receive a reimbursement check based on the number of qualifying meals claimed.

For more information, contact the USDA Sponsor nearest you. Below is a list of sponsors, their phone numbers and where they are located.

USDA Sponsor List:

Area

Name

Phone

Bend

Crook-Deschutes-Jefferson Child Care Council

541-389-5122

Coos Bay

Southwestern Child and Adult Care Food Program

541-888-7096

Eugene/Corvallis

American Red Cross

541-344-5244

Gresham

Child Care Development Services

503-489-2509

La Grande

Northeast Oregon 4-C Council

541-963-8851

Medford

Jackson-Josephine 4-C Council

541-779-7857

Medford

Oregon Child Development Coalition

541-770-5893

Milwaukie

Northwest Nutrition Service, Inc.

503-653-7626

Roseburg

Umpqua Community Action Network

541-672-7004

Salem / Tillamook

Nutrition First

503-581-7563

The Dalles

Mid-Columbia Community Action Council

541-298-5131